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United Natural Foods Associate Category Manager - Pacific in COMMERCE, California

Associate Category Manager - Pacific

United States of America, California, COMMERCE

Marketing / Merchandising

Post Date Oct 13, 2021

Requisition # 135105

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Job Overview:

The primary goal of the Associate Category Manager - Region is to support the merchandising strategy for assigned categories and the overall Category Management team. This role is intended to be a progression step to a Category Manager role and includes smaller scope category management tasks: managing and executing the promotional strategy for a smaller scope category, managing specific supplier communication, soliciting and approving promotional plans, managing DC assortment and working with a the category manager to support business planning tasks with suppliers and retailers.

Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Support category business plans for assigned categories using all available resources, including analysis of both internal and syndicated data, (validated) manufacturer input and expertise, commodity reports, trade/industry news, consumer trends and customer feedback. Measures results and adjusts plans as needed.

  • Ensure that New Items are accurately launched on a timely basis with appropriate communication to retail.

  • Champion UNFI Brands+ assortment, manage Brands + role in category and programs as appropriate

  • Maintain relevant assortment necessary to meet retail customer needs, including regional and local brands and unique demographic requirements. Work with category manager to rationalize SKU assortment to maximize sales while controlling cost of carrying inventory, shrink and spoilage in assigned categories

  • Responsible for working with Shelf Management and Category Manager to support timely plan-o-gram execution for assigned categories

  • Accurately Manage sell price including vendor cost, freight, BIV and active sell with the direction of the category manager lead or Director.

  • Actively participate in promotional planning process, including Weekly Ads, Selling shows, Region programs, Long Term Promotional Pricing (SED) and Temporary Price Reductions. Ad Groups & Ad Item Play, suggested retails, all promotional costs and windows, and any specific requirements of performance are communicated in collaboration with the Sales & Promotion team.

  • Negotiate with brokers and vendors on all aspects of category merchandising plans with the input of the Category Manager. Solicits support to drive profitable sales that meet and exceed retail customer demands and marketplace competition.

  • Responsible for proofing all deals, communications, and advertising vehicles for accuracy for assigned categories

  • Work with Category Manager and Category Merchandising Specialist to to validate plan execution and adjust future plans.

  • Provide sales team with retailer needs on request, providing data points, facitilitating and participating in meetings, serving as liason to brokers/vendors as required.

  • Collaborate with Corporate Merchandising on local broker and vendor opportunities and concerns. Uphold terms and conditions of all Corporate Vendor Agreements.

  • Assists in developing purchasing path to insure lowest possible cost of goods and handling while meeting shrink and spoilage goals. Assists in inventory disposition as required.

  • Collaborate with Customer Service on any retail issues regarding missing allowances, product costs and fees.

  • Collaborate with Dated Order Team to insure orders are fulfilled correctly as requested, or provides alternative solutions when that is not possible.

  • Resolve internal and external customer requests and concerns with a high level of professionalism, working with the Category Manager for support and guidance as needed.

  • Ensure SOX compliance for deal acceptance and sell audit reporting

    Job Requirements:

  • Education/ Certifications: (Required & Preferred)

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Retail and/or vendor experience preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of internal Buying system preferred

  • Solid negotiating skills

  • Possess good communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of people in person, via phone, and via electronic communication.

  • Computer skills required including spreadsheet and database tools and electronic communication tools. Requires the analytical ability to handle administrative duties and mental alertness to ensure accurate, safe, and thorough completion of work activities. Possess ability to concentrate and deal with frequent interruptions.

  • Analytical skills to measure sales performance, item performance within category and overall vendor funds management performance

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. UNFI is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all. - M/F/Veteran/Disability. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time